DACA Renewal Engagement This Thursday, June 26, 2014

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder engagement on Thursday, June 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA). On June 5 , 2014, USCIS announced a DACA renewal process and published a...

News Excerpts From the July 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Supreme Court Decides CSPA Case | On June 9, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Scialabba v. Cuellar de Osorio , 2014 U.S. LEXIS 3991 [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ]. The Court held that the BIA’s textually reasonable construction of the Child Status Protection...

College Scholarships for DACA Recipients

From the Elkind Alterman Harston (Denver) newsletter: "Several states have passed legislation that makes undocumented immigrants eligible for in-state tuition at public colleges and universities, while other states have passed legislation expressly prohibiting such benefits. Undocumented immigrants...

CA9 on DACA, Arizona, Driver Licenses: Arizona Dream Act Coalition v. Brewer

"The federal government has enacted a program called “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (“DACA”), which authorizes certain immigrants who came to the United States as children, without permission, to remain in the United States. In response, Arizona officials —...

Court Enjoins Arizona's Driver License Limitation

"Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer was wrong to bar some young immigrants from receiving driver’s licenses, a panel of federal judges ruled today. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division to end its policy of denying licenses to young immigrants who...

Characteristics of Individuals Requesting and Approved for DACA: USCIS

"Existing data currently published by USCIS for DACA provides statistics on program operations (e.g., number of receipts accepted, rejected and approved, etc.). In contrast, this data table release disseminates information on the characteristics of DACA requestors in a manner which sufficiently...

TEGL 02-14: Eligibility of DACA Participants for WIA and WPA Programs

"The purpose of this Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) is to provide guidance to states and grantees concerning the eligibility of individuals granted relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Initiative (DACA participants) with employment authorization documents...

DACA Renewals and Executive Action: MIchelle S. Velasco

"I have personally processed over 100 DACA applications in the past two years. When talking to these young immigrants and their families, it is often impossible to tell apart the individuals who were born here and the ones who were brought here. DACA requestors speak like Americans, look like Americans...

Unaccompanied Child Migrants to the U.S. - A Drop in the Bucket and So Much Hype

" The overreaction surrounding 57, 000 unaccompanied children who have come to the United States, with a population of 300 million, is not befitting of a great nation of immigrants. Indeed, some of the reaction against these children has been nothing short of disgraceful. The waiving of the American...

USCIS Posts DACA Toolkit

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is pleased to share with you its new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Toolkit for Community Partners . The toolkit includes: DACA program overview “How Do I Request Consideration of DACA?” customer guide Tip sheet ...

MPI Webinar, Wed. Aug. 6, 2014: DACA at Two: New MPI Findings as Renewal Approaches

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 11:30 A.M. EDT; 10:30 A.M. CDT; 9:30 A.M. MDT; 8:30 A.M. PDT "In 2012, the Obama administration granted temporary relief from deportation to unauthorized immigrants who had entered the United States as children. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative—striking...

News Excerpts From the Aug. 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

New USCIS Director Testifies Before Congress | On July 29, Leon Rodriguez, the new director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, testified at an oversight hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. Rodriguez became USCIS director on July 9. In his written testimony, available at http...

New DACA Report and Tool by MPI

"Fifty-five percent of the 1.2 million unauthorized immigrant youth who met the criteria for the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program at its launch in 2012 had applied for relief from deportation as of July 20, 2014, according to a Migration Policy Institute...

DACA Recipient Sues Insurance Giant Northwestern Mutual

"A class action lawsuit accuses insurer Northwestern Mutual of illegally rejecting qualified non-U.S. citizen job candidates without permanent resident visas, a legal team of Outten & Golden LLP and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund ( MALDEF ) announced [July 9, 2014]. ...

DACA Renewal Process Telecon Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, 2:30 to 4 p.m. (Eastern)

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder teleconference on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss the DACA renewal process. On June 5, 2014, USCIS announced a DACA renewal process and published a revised Form I-821D...

State Responses to DACA Vary

"Life for DACA participants varies dramatically depending on where they live. In addition to denying driver's licenses and in-state tuition to DACA recipients (and to all other unauthorized immigrants), Arizona makes it difficult for immigrants whose parents brought them to the U.S. illegally...

DACA Practice Advisory: American Immigration Council

"This edition of this practice advisory includes information about the DACA Renewal process, as well as general information about deferred action, Initial DACA requests, and ancillary issues." - AIC, Aug. 27, 2014 . [Copyright (c) 2014 American Immigration Council. The American Immigration...

Pentagon Extends, Expands MAVNI to Include DACA

"A small number of young immigrants who grew up in the United States without legal status will be allowed to join the military and have a fast-track pathway to citizenship, Pentagon officials announced Thursday, the first time those young people have been able to enlist. Undocumented young people...

Only a Handful of DACAs Will Benefit from MAVNI Expansion

"This week’s announcement that young undocumented immigrants can now enlist in the military may benefit only a handful of DREAMers. Margaret Stock, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and former professor at West Point, said the Defense Department’s announcement is...

Mexico Helps With DACA Fees

"Mexico is helping some of its citizens apply for a controversial immigration program in the U.S. called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Since the Obama administration created the program in 2012, more than 580,000 unauthorized immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors have received...

News Excerpts From the October 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

White House Releases Refugee Ceilings for FY 2015 | On September 30, 2014, the White House released a presidential memorandum capping the number of refugee admissions at 70,000 for the upcoming fiscal year and authorizing citizens of some countries to seek refugee status from inside their countries...

News Excerpts From the Nov. 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

California Launches Student Loan Program for DREAMers | In late September, California enacted a bill allowing public universities to provide direct loans to state residents unable to obtain federal loans on account of their immigration status. Known as the “California DREAM Loan Program,”...

MAVNI Program Halted

"A popular military enlistment program for immigrants with specialized skills is now stuck in bureaucratic limbo — after the Pentagon announced last month it would begin allowing some young immigrants without legal status into the program. Army officials confirmed Thursday that the program...

Experts: GOP Lawsuit Against Obama on Immigration Will Fail

"The Republicans’ response could very well depend on what the President does, “if and when” that occurs. Expanding DACA to include some family members of those already eligible could provoke a different reaction than smaller measures, such as expanding work permits for those in...

Legal Authorities for Executive Action on Immigration

"This memo summarizes (1) the statutory basis for deferred action generally; (2) the statutory basis for work permits generally; (3) the regulations that specifically authorize work permits for deferred action recipients; and (4) the court decisions that recognize deferred action, its purposes,...